Monday, February 09, 2009
Sam was pretty lucky that his cousin Joe had come to live with him. The three of us were all in the same math class together, which meant that Sam got free help with his math homework every night while I only got help when they invited me over. I couldn't figure out how Joe could derive all those trig identities so easily. I mean, I could follow Joe's answers when he showed me, and so could Sam, more or less, but how the answers came to him in the first place was like some kind of miracle.
Chewing on my pencil and listening to Joe, I started wishing I had inherited some of the math talent my older brother Rex had gotten. He was a real whiz at math! He would be helping me with my homework himself if he weren't off at grad school.
We were finishing up the last few problems when Sam's mom called upstairs to us. "Sam! Is your friend Jared going to stay for dinner?"
"How 'bout it?" asked Sam.
"Okay," I replied.
"Okay, Mom," Sam yelled back downstairs.
"I just have to call my mom and tell her what time to pick me up," I said.
"Oh, yeah, I was going to ask you about that," said Sam. "How come you didn't drive today?"
"Oh, I'm being punished. I've lost my car privileges."
"What'd you do?" asked Joe, laughing.
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